Stevie Nicks urged fans Tuesday to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, calling it a “silent killer hiding in the shadows.”
“Everyone gathering at the beaches ~ in the bars~ block parties ~ etcetera ~ Let’s get drunk and make out and by the way ‘Can I have the other half of your drink?’~ We are heading for a crash; People are dying because people aren’t wearing their masks,” the Fleetwood Mac singer penned in a Facebook post, citing the Washington Post.
Nicks, who had a bout with the flu last spring, added COVID-19 “doesn’t care who you are…It’s just looking for a victim,” and that those who have struggled with the virus — which has claimed over 737,000 lives worldwide — will grapple with the “after effects.”
“Are you aware, everyone, that if you survive this virus~ you will be fighting the after effects for the rest of your life,” Nicks penned, noting “micro-blood clots” and “neurological problems.”
Nicks then offered a grim reality should she contract COVID-19.
“If I get it, I will probably never sing again. Put me on a ventilator and I will be hoarse for the rest of my life~ I don’t have much time… I am 72 years old….,” she wrote.
Nicks also likened the current state to “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” which she appeared in two years ago.
“I felt the gravity of it even then… You did not want to leave that safe house because only death awaited you above ground. When those characters ventured out for just a moment~ They wore their hazmat suits and black gas masks~ no questions asked. I found it terrifying. It was the end of the world,” she said.
Nicks then highlighting the threat COVID-19 poses.
“This virus can kill you. It can kill me. Kill my chances of pulling on those boots and hitting the road~ Kill the chances that any of us in the music community will ever get back to the stage, because we would never put you in danger~ never take you and your life for granted,” Nicks posted.
“Never put your family members who are older and more fragile in danger. You should feel the same. You take deadly chances because you think you’re immortal. You’re not. If you get this virus, your life will be forever changed. Your beauty will be stolen from you. You will age as you fight for your life. You will age as you fight your way back…if you survive,” she continued.
As of Wednesday, the COVID-19 case count in the United States stands at 5.1 million, and there have been over 164,000 deaths.